Air Power is a historical educational television series broadcast in the 1950s over the CBS television network dealing with the rise of aviation as a military weapon. It starred Walter Cronkite as the narrator and featured a musical score by Norman Dello Joio.This episode tells the story of the Allied attack on the German-occupied Monte Cassino Monastery in Italy and how, although subjected to non-stop shelling, infantry attacks and bombardment it resisted capture until it was finally reduced... Topics: Monte Cassino, Italy, Bombing Of Italy, World War II, CBS, Dello Joio, Air Power, Italy
This Castle Films newsreel vividly shows the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in March 1944, right in the middle of the Allied invasion of Italy. The eruption destroyed the villages of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano, and part of San Giorgio a Cremano. From March 18 to 23, 1944, lava flows appeared within the rim. There were outflows. Small explosions then occurred until the major explosion took place on March 18, 1944.At the time of the eruption, the United States... Topics: Mount Vesuvuis, Campanian, Volcanic Arc, Pompeii, Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, Kingdom Of...
Created by Air France in the 1950s, "Flight to Immortal Rome" was directed by the talented Andre de la Varre. The film features a flight to Rome on a Lockheed Constellation (seen at the 5:40 minute mark) and a tour of the ancient and modern city. Some of the sights include the Castle of St. Angelo, Roman Coliseum, Arch of Constantine, the Forum, St. Peter's, the Vatican, Capitoline Hill, the Pantheon, and much more.Air France (formally Société Air France, S.A.), stylised as... Topics: Air France, Rome, Italy, Travelogue, Lockheed Constalation, Rome Airport, Vatican City, The Pantheon
Created in the 1950s by the Castle Films Company, which specialized in movies for the home market, "Romantic Italy" profiles Florence, Siena and Venice as well as the walled town of San Gimignano, and the wine fiesta at Castle Broglio.The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is also shown. This is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen... Topics: Italy, Florenence, Siena, Venice, Michelangelo, Tuscany, Palio Di Siena, Travelogue, San Gimignano
This WWII newsreel shows news events of early 1944, in particular the Allied landing in Anzio, Italy and the drive towards Rome. It includes footage of the assault on Monte Cassino. The second half of the film features footage from the Eastern Front as Russian forces take advantage of a mild winter to press Axis armies. The offensive enters Croatia, Romania and Poland, and threatens to become a full scale rout.The Battle of Anzio, also known as Frontline of Anzio and Nettuno, took place... Topics: WWII, Anzio, Italy, D-Day, June 6 1944, Mark Clark, Monte Cassino